A demanding American actress (Ali Larter) heads to India in order to shoot a low-budget Hollywood film, only to find herself stranded in Bombay with no luggage and attitude to spare. Despite the unfortunate start to her Bombay adventure, the once-jaded actress is soon swept up in the glitz and glamour of the local filmmaking scene and cast in a lavish Bollywood musical. Once on the set, she meets a handsome prince and falls hopelessly in love.
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Critic Reviews for Marigold
Bollywood fans will dismiss the mishmash as the work of an American director 'slumming' in a genre outside his own culture, and Western audiences unfamiliar with Hindi-language masala movies will find the whole thing puzzling.
[Director] Carroll knows his Bollywood stuff and, refreshingly, doesn't apologize for, or waste time explaining, an industry and a style that most Americans still regard as silly. Instead, he honors them.
This fluffy cross-cultural experiment smacks of jumping on the Bollywood bandwagon with little insight into the genre it is trying to emulate or understanding of the country in which it's set.
If you enjoy such Bollywood-style numbers, try to tune out the movie when the music drops off and you'll enjoy it more.
It seems the only thing worse than a faulty culture shock comedy with zero charm is a faulty culture shock comedy with zero charm starring Ali Larter.
Salman Khan is one of the big names in Bollywood whose appeal continually eludes, and here he simply proves that he is just as much a bafflement in English as he is in Hindi.
This first co-production between the United States and India starts badly and never recovers.
a colorful charmer that might even persuade a few skeptics to check out the real thing.
Carroll seems to be saying that we should regard Bollywood as a harmless part of Indian culture.
Ali Larter plays an amazingly bitchy actress sent to Bollywood. They hate her, then they love her. I didn't quite get the love bit.
Bollywood cheerfully meets - not Hollywood, exactly, more straight-to-video.
It's colourful and pacy and the musical interludes are fun. But, on the whole, Marigold is predictable to the end.
As Prem's dad says of his son's feature film career, "I know nothing about dancing and the plots seem ludicrous to me."
Despite boasting bags of colour, energy and top Bollywood actor Salman Khan, this cross cultural concoction falls halfway between the genres.
The final half hour may lose its way but this remains a sassy and endearing romantic effort.
Audience Reviews for Marigold
"If you had a choice, tradition or love, what would you take?"
If you have ever seen a Bollywood movie, you'll know they are longer than most movies due to the multiple song and dance routines. Don't get me wrong, I like Bollywood movies and watching a movie with sub-titles is no hardship but I find any movie over three hours long is a tad too long to be appreciated. Fortunately, this one fits into the "standard" movie length which happens to be a plus in my book.
Plot: An American actress, the beautiful and bitchy Marigold (like the flower), played by Ali Larter goes to India to act in a low budget film, only to find herself stranded there when she finds on arrival that the film has been folded due to financial issues. Worse than that, she loses her luggage and is out of money. She befriends an Indian girl Rani who gets her a role in a Bollywood musical which she accepts hoping that she can earn enough money to get back to the States. Whilst there she meets Prem, the suave and handsome choreographer of the film played by Salman Khan, in real life Bad Boy Bollywood mega-super star who teaches her the art of dancing.
An interesting movie!! This is the story of a woman who travels to India for a movie, and discovers not only herself but love. As she redefines concepts of life, she realizes that her heart desires more than just happiness. Great cast- Salman Khan, Ali Larter, Suchitra Pillai-Malik, and Nadana Sen. Great performances by Ali Larter and Salman Khan. Great music. Definitely worthy!More
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